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Test drive the Amazon Echo with this browser-enabled Alexa

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April Siese


Posted on May 28, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 5:02 pm CDT

If you’re on the fence about Alexa, then Amazon has some good news. You can now test drive the voice recognition-based digital assistant with your browser.

Inspired by a hackathon creation known as Alexa in the Browser, emulates the Amazon Echo without users having to plunk down over $100 for the chance to chat it up with Alexa.

After you’ve logged into your Amazon account and enabled your computer’s microphone, all you’ve gotta do is press and hold the blue microphone icon to get started. Amazon developer marketing manager Glenn Cameron states that it’s the closest you can get to the real thing without purchasing a physical device.

“With 3D JavaScript animations and Alexa Voice Service (AVS) integration, gives users the ability to experience a realistic interaction with Alexa capabilities and skills,” Cameron says in a blog post.

This functionality extends to everything from inquiring about the weather and what’s on television to crafting your very own skills that make Alexa far more than a glorified Siri.

H/T Mashable

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*First Published: May 28, 2016, 4:53 pm CDT